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Constantine (2005)

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46

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 217
Fresh: 100 | Rotten: 117

Despite solid production values and an intriguing premise, Constantine lacks the focus of another spiritual shoot-em-up, The Matrix.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 34

Despite solid production values and an intriguing premise, Constantine lacks the focus of another spiritual shoot-em-up, The Matrix.

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An ordinary man with an extraordinary gift must save the planet from evil in this action-packed fantasy. Unknown to most people, the world is crowded with spirits both good and evil who walk among us in human guise. One of the few who can see these spirits is John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), but the responsibility of his vision is more than he can stand, and he tries to kill himself. Saved from death, Constantine must now atone for his actions by acting as a guardian in the middle ground between

Jul 19, 2005

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Blazes few new trails and bogs down in a confusing narrative muddle.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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I deeply loathe the Heaven-and-Hell genre to which this cinematic comic-book spectacular belongs.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (3)
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Halfway through Constantine, a fully clad Keanu Reeves steps into a shallow pail of water, sits on a chair next to it and holds a cat in his lap.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (5)
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Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Entirely beyond redemption.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Reeves, meanwhile, has confidently entered his self-parodic period.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Visuals and attitude -- not for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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An enjoyable revelation.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comment (1)
Dark Horizons

A very satisfying film.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The prime conceit of the movie is its gallows humor that seeps out like clotting blood from a decomposing corpse.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Rachel Weisz gives it her best shot, but she can't save the messy script from its own feelings self-importance.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It's just sad that a movie ostensibly based on a frequently intelligent comic book should end up a no-brainer.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

This film combines elements of comic book fantasy with horror to create an enjoyable brew - sort of a film noir version of The Exorcist, crossbred with the stylization of The Matrix.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

While decidedly no one's idea of the John Constantine of the comics (who was originally modelled on Sting), Reeves acquits himself well enough.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A kind of gothic guerilla warfare, with moody demonologist John Constantine caught in between.

May 21, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

While lacking the richness of its source material, it remains an enjoyable, immoral and sometimes beautifully Gothic tale.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A little too muddled and erratically paced to command much interest. While some of the effects are cleverly worked-up, the picture seems more often to be on CGI autopilot.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

It's occasionally cheesy, sometimes enjoyable, intermittently scary, and constantly spiked with celestial blatherskite.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Virtually anyone but Reeves would have made a better John Constantine.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Constantine

What do you figure the chances are for my last two movies to both feature automatic crucifix firearms?

Well, I watched this piece of Hollywood blasphemy just before dropping Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain. Hmm..., maybe there is a God.
July 31, 2007
brooklynspo

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John Constantine is trying to save his soul by hunting down and "deporting" demons who intrude on human affairs when he stumbles across a psychic whom the son of The Devil intends to use to escape from Hell. Keanu Reeves revisits Neo as the chain smoking anti-hero of Constantine, a film that can be thought of as "The Matrixorcist". It's a comic book adaptation that blends religious mythology with superhero conceits and the format of Noir thrillers. Since The X-Files, this idea has been done a hundred times, but rarely so well; the plot is a lot more involving than most of this type of thing, Constantine is a far more interesting central character than that of the usual super hero schtick and the mythology is used very creatively. The visual effects are also great having a really nice interpretation of Hell which looks like those old videos of nuclear blast zones and the quality cast (including Pruitt Taylor as Constanine's alcoholic priest side kick, Tilda Swinton as Angel Gabriel and Peter Stormare's wonderfully creepy Satan) draw you into this dark underworld of demons and angels. Stylish, inventive and with a lot of atmosphere, Constantine still stands up as one of the best films of its type. If you're a fan of Guillermo Del Toro then you should definitely check it out.
March 7, 2014
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A guilty pleasure as Keanu Reeves plays a noirish detective who also sidelines on paranormal cases. The angel Gabriel (a wonderful Swinton) is surprisingly up to no good, and somebody's got to stop her before ... wait for it ... the end of the world. Weisz competently fills in the bill as the girl in danger.
December 11, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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    1. Gabriel: Lucifer!
    2. Satan: This world is mine, in time. You, best of all of us, Gabriel! You'd understand. Perdition.
    3. Gabriel: Son of perdition. Little horn! Most unclean!
    4. Satan: I do miss the old names. Time to go home, son.
    5. Gabriel: I will smite thee, in His honor.
    6. Satan: Looks like somebody doesn't have your back any more.
    7. Gabriel: Father...
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (19 months ago)
    1. John Constantine: I guess there's a plan for all of u. I had to die twice just to figure that out. Like the books says, he works his works in mysterious ways. Some people like it, some people don't.
    – Submitted by Rad D (2 years ago)
    1. John Constantine: This is Constantine. John Constantine, asshole.
    – Submitted by Noel Joseph B (2 years ago)
    1. John Constantine: So when a half-breed breaks the rules, I deport their sorry ass straight back to hell. I don't get them all, but I've been hoping to get enough to ensure my... retirement.
    2. Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson: I don't understand.
    3. John Constantine: I'm a suicide, Angela. When I die, the rules say I've got just one place to go.
    4. Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson: You're trying to buy your way into heaven.
    5. John Constantine: What would -you- do if you were sentenced to a prison where half the inmates were put there by you?
    – Submitted by I Am The Vast UNIVERSE I (2 years ago)
    1. John Constantine: Into the light, I command thee. Into the light, I command thee. Into the light, I command thee. Into the light, I command thee.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. John Constantine: Close your eyes. And whatever happens, don't look.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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